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“Plow it and Find Out”: Midwestern American Poetry

[The following article is an updated version of an article I wrote a little over a decade ago. It was published in South Dakota Review.] Before I studied Zen I saw mountains as mountains, waters as waters. When I learned something of Zen, the mountains were no longer mountains, the waters no longer waters. But …

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Writing Groups

A former student emailed me recently to recommend an online writing community. Her goal? To get critique on her work. She’d heard horror stories about online writing groups where people stole participants’ work, and she hoped I had some good advice about finding a reputable online writing group. I hadn’t heard about that sort of …

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Vintage Poems-

I was instantly hooked on this one. I love poems that give the readers an instruction – that tell us how. Plus, the imagery is just gorgeous. Enjoy! Inferno, Meet My Bridges By Rebecca Erickson Ice polishes the streets as a man and a woman struggle to meet on a bridge. They slip, hips hit …

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